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4 – 17 March 2016

Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness.

Rocco and his BrothersWith the 40th anniversary of the death of Luchino Visconti looming on 17 March this year’s Italian Film Festival throws the focus on the director whose films are considered to be among the most stylistically and intellectually influential films of Italian post-war cinema. Visconti was born into a prominent noble family in Milan and had a highly privileged upbringing. His homosexuality, of which he made no secret, was also an important aspect of his cinematic vision. He became one of the fathers of Italian neorealism, the movement that grew out of the political turmoil and the desperate economic conditions in Italy at the end of the Second World War. Visconti’s 1960 film, Rocco and his Brothers, will be screened in tribute. The film starring Alain Delon, Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale, has been described as a modern-day Greek tragedy, especially in its depiction of the relationship between the saint-like Rocco and his brutal brother Simone, who has a promising career as a boxer, but whose life spirals out of control.

Besides the tributes the Festival will screen a wide range of contemporary titles by both established and emerging film-makers.

The Festival is supported by: Italian Institute in Scotland, Valvona & Crolla, Fratelli Sarti and Zucca